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Position Classification Inventory

Gary D. Gottfredson, PhD, and John L. Holland, PhD

Classifies jobs in work environments
Paper and pencil
Age range:
18 years to 65 years
10 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

The Position Classification Inventory (PCI) lets you assign Holland Occupational Codes to any position or job class in your organization. The PCI enables employees to use their Self-Directed Search results to locate and explore matching current and future openings within their firm; analyzes positions within an existing job classification system to determine whether different positions belong in the same job class; assesses the degree of match between worker and job; and provides an understanding of employee and supervisor perceptions of a specific position.

The PCI also helps counselors to analyze a client's current job, assess person-job match, and clarify vocational problems; increase a client's understanding of his or her current job situation; and provide a structure for locating future career possibilities.


A worker, supervisor, or job analyst can complete this 84-item inventory in 10 minutes. He or she describes the demands, skills, and personal styles and characteristics required in a position by rating each item on a 3-point scale. 

Answer Sheets must be licensed by submitting a Permission Request Form.